The first show apartment at Richmond Wood Norton has been officially opened by Anne Lunt, 72, one of the first people to purchase a property at the new retirement village.

Anne Lunt cuts the ribbon to the new show apartment
at Richmond Wood Norton with Paul Brady, village manager

Anne Lunt in the new show apartment
at Richmond Wood Norton near Evesham

Anne Lunt in the new show apartment
at Richmond Wood Norton near Evesham

There to help Anne cut the ribbon and show her around was Paul Brady, the village manager and his team.

Designed for today’s modern living, the apartments at Richmond Wood Norton are large, spacious and light, and feature design touches such as fully equipped fitted kitchens and walk-in showers, with comfort and ease of use carefully considered throughout.

The show apartment includes two bedrooms, one with an en-suite wet room, a main bathroom, a large sitting room, kitchen, large utility and store room.  Offering 1,078 sq ft of accommodation, there is lift access to all floors including the underground parking, access to the gardens via its own private patio, and is on the market at £480,000.

Commented Anne: “The apartment is just so beautiful.  Having watched as the construction progressed, I can’t wait to move in!”

Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Village centre building with its stunning facilities, these exclusive apartments are located in a number of different positions, offering a choice of view over the surrounding countryside and woodland, the landscaped grounds and beyond to the Vale of Evesham.

Anne’s story:

“I have lived in a lovely courtyard of five converted barns in rural Worcestershire since 2002 but following my husband’s death last year, I became acutely aware of how the quality of my life depended on my being able to use my car.  Although kind and friendly, my neighbours have busy lives and it is not unusual for me not to speak to any of them for days or even weeks at a time.

“As an outgoing person with many interests I happily jump in the car to meet up with friends, attend my wood carving classes, go to the theatre and cinema and visit my family.  But, there will inevitably become a time when either I am prevented from driving or I am no longer confident behind the wheel and I would then find myself socially isolated.

“I was also increasingly conscious that as I am now living on my own, my two sons are constantly worrying about my welfare.  Despite having demanding jobs and their own family commitments, they feel they have to keep coming to check I am okay, helping me cope with the ongoing property maintenance and ensuring that I am not lonely.

“Seeing an advertisement, last autumn, for the luxury apartments being built by Richmond Villages at Wood Norton I wondered if this would offer me a way of ‘futureproofing’ things, and ensure that I could continue to live independently but with both social and practical support in a beautiful rural situation.

“I went along to an open day and then joined a visit to one of Richmond’s other retirement villages at Witney, which convinced me that this was indeed the lifestyle I was looking for.  I was bowled over by the wonderful on-site facilities - especially the swimming pool and spa - and all the activities on offer, which would keep me both physically active and mentally stimulated.  The fact that transport services are included was especially attractive, too.

“The exciting thing was that since the retirement village at Wood Norton is a new development, I could choose the property that best suited me.  As an ‘outdoors’ person I selected a two bedroom apartment with the largest terrace, and with the assistance of the friendly sales team quickly made a reservation and subsequently exchanged contracts.

“Since then it has been lovely to meet up with other purchasers at events organised by the village, so that we are already starting to build a community and to discover shared interests.  Although I am not native to Worcestershire, I think it is a wonderful county, offering such a wide range of places to visit, with activities, culture and the arts.  So, in addition to all the activities at the village, I can look forward to being able to visit places and attend events in the company of fellow residents in the future.  In fact, I think my family are going to need to make a booking to visit me as my diary might well be rather full!”

Anne has lived in a number of places including London and the home counties before moving to Oxfordshire and then Worcestershire.

She has had a variety of careers.  After qualifying in Institutional Management, she worked in personnel and training roles with the NHS, Early Years and Parent Education, Oxfordshire County Council, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Her interests include silver and enamelled jewellery making, pottery and ceramics, silk painting and marbling and more recently wood carving.  She was one of the first people to gain a City and Guild qualification in silk painting.  She has a love of oriental art and design, and especially Japanese gardens, is a member of the Japanese Garden Society and will be taking several Japanese plants and trees in pots to her new home at Wood Norton.

Richmond Wood Norton
Located in a beautiful hillside location overlooking the Avon valley and surrounded by mature woodland, the new retirement village will occupy the site of the former BBC training college.

The new £40 million Richmond Wood Norton is within easy reach of the M5 and M42, between the riverside towns of Evesham and Pershore and close to Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester and The Cotswolds.

Due to open fully in early 2019, it will comprise 61 one and two-bedroom Independent living apartments offering an independent lifestyle, 46 Assisted living suites (one and two bedrooms) which come with a ‘hotel style’ package to help with all daily chores, and a 60-bed care floor providing 24-hour nursing and dementia support.

It will also provide unrivalled facilities including a wellness spa with 16 metre swimming pool and gym, cinema, hair and beauty salon, a lounge library, IT room, terrace café bar and restaurant, all set within beautifully landscaped grounds.  Activities, events and a village transport service will also be provided.

Richmond Wood Norton is the company’s eighth retirement village, and once completed will provide 107 homes for those over 55, and 60 care beds providing 24-hour support.

Village suites start at £231,000 and Village apartments from £307,000 and can be purchased exclusively by those over 55.

The address is: Richmond Wood Norton, Evesham Road, Wood Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4TY.  For further information please contact: or telephone 01386 897382


Notes to editors

About Richmond Villages
One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company already operates seven luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.  Its new village at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire opened recently, and its eighth village at Wood Norton in Worcestershire is now under construction.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care and won numerous awards.
For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit or telephone 0800 0987 094

About Bupa UK
Bupa Care Services: Bupa has some 130 care homes, as well as seven Richmond Villages with four new care homes and a new retirement village under construction.
The business also comprises: Bupa UK Insurance, the leading health insurer in the UK with 2.3 million customers; Bupa Dental UK, a major dental provider operating more than 430 practices; Bupa Health Services, health clinics and wellness centres; and Bupa Cromwell Hospital a complex care hospital in London.
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